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UK students encouraged to get COVID-19 test before Thanksgiving


Drive-thru COVID-19 testing was offered at Kroger Field in August. UK photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. — University of Kentucky students are encouraged to receive a COVID-19 test before departing campus for the Thanksgiving holiday, university officials announced Friday.

In addition, similar to the fall semester, students will be required to participate in baseline testing when they return in the spring.

“Because of the good decisions you’ve made throughout the semester — and because of your commitment to protecting each other — we are approaching the end of the semester with declining numbers of active COVID-19 cases,” President Eli Capilouto said in an email to students Friday. “You’ve made sacrifices. You’ve adapted your behavior. You’ve made choices in the best interests of those around you. As we approach Thanksgiving break, and as you make plans to return home on Nov. 24, we strongly encourage you to take these same precautions.”

When students return to campus for classes, which begin Jan. 25, they will be required to follow baseline testing protocols similar to the fall.

“These policies, made possible by our modern public health infrastructure, reflect the commitment we’ve maintained since the beginning,” Capilouto said. “The health and safety of our community are our top priorities.”